What is asbestos?
Usually when we hear of asbestos it is in a negative context. Asbestos nowadays is associated with lung problems, illness and asbestos legal advice and compensation claims. But what exactly is asbestos and why was it used for so long?
Asbestos is naturally occurring and has been mined as long as 4,000 years ago. There are six different mineral compounds which fall under the umbrella term of asbestos and all of these compounds can cause health problems if people are exposed to them. From the mid 19th century on, asbestos was widely used in the building industry as it is fire retardant. It was routinely put into cement, ceiling insulation products and roofing.
Although deaths from exposure to asbestos had been recognised as far back as 1906, it was not until the 1980s that governments across the world started to ban the use of asbestos and products containing asbestos in the construction industry. By that point though, the damage had been done and many of the people seeking asbestos legal advice now were exposed well before the ban came into force. Also, even though countries in Western Europe are strict on the import and use of asbestos, the same cannot be said for other countries and the ongoing exposure to asbestos is still a problem across the world.
Breathing in the asbestos fibres over a prolonged period of time can cause huge damage to the linings of the lungs and people who suffer from asbestos-related illness often have trouble in breathing and need oxygen therapy. The illness shortens their life expectancy and reduces quality of life too as the sufferer is so often out of breath and unable to do all of the activities they enjoyed in the past.
Asbestos legal advice
If you think that you or a family member has been exposed to asbestos in their workplace and are suffering as a result, it is important to seek asbestos legal advice as soon as you can. Turn to Accident Advice Helpline, who operate on a no win, no fee basis and have a hugely successful track record in securing compensation for those families affected by asbestosis. Even if your family member affected by asbestos has already died, speak to Accident Advice Helpline as compensation can often be awarded retrospectively.